Kenneth Anger: The love that whirls

From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Aug 11 2006 - 03:33:23 PDT

Some of the people on this list seem capable of
existing in more than one time zone simultaneously,
which is definitely a neat trick, but not one I'm
capable of and I find I often have to stumble away to
bed before I pass out on my keyboard.

Anyway, I just found something amazing!

A description of the film that Eastman Kodak
alledgedly (*cough*) destroyed of a work by Kenneth
Anger. I'd heard about this work a few times but have
never been able to find out anything about it.

It's a great story, so I thought I would share it with


The Love That Whirls

The Love That Whirls was based on a passage found in
The Golden Bough, the pioneering anthropology book by
Sir James George Frazer. In sum, a boy is declared a
god for a year, and ultimately serves as a king. But
at the end of the year, he is sacrificed. This was
shot in Mexico, and the climactic scene would have
featured an Aztec-style human sacrifice conducted
mostly in the nude. The information above is based
upon Kenneth Anger's own description of this project,
and that will have to suffice, as no one has ever seen
this movie -- not even Anger himself. After wrestling
the raw stock from Mexican customs officials who
sought to seize it, the Eastman Kodak laboratory that
processed the film refused to return it to Anger on
the grounds that it was pornographic. It is presumed
that The Love That Whirls was destroyed then and
there. ~ David Lewis, All Movie Guide

I'm now curious as to where the title originates, as I
note there is also an album with the same title. Can
anyone fill me in on what is being referanced?

I also came across referances to still more films by
Kenneth Anger in still more random filmographies,
however sone of them especially caught my eye:

Le Jeune Homme et la Mort (1953) (Copyright
restrictions prevent exhibition)

Does this mean that the film is completed and exists?
Does anyone know more about it and what the copyright
restrictions might be?


Histoire d'O (1959-1961) availability uncertain

Uncertain??? Does this mean there might be prints
floating around? Does this mean it was actually
released? Presumably if it was released then someone
on this list would have seen it at some stage?

Lastly I found this:

Le Jeune Homme et la Mort
Study film of the Cocteau baller, intended
to be used by Anger in Subsequent filming
of baller in 35mm, color this second filming,
the movie, never took place.

This seems to imply the film was not completed but
that perhaps 16mm film of the project does exist?

I'm not sure what a baller is either. Anyone have an

It's reassuring to know that other filmmakers have
such a magnitude of uncompleted film projects too.



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